Tweets from Sri Lanka, daily, allow at scale interesting (and sometimes prescient) insights into public mood, responses to socio-political events, aspirations and the marketing of the country, through tourism. Political communications and campaigns are also starkly evident. Facebook is, by far, the more used social media platform (especially if users of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram are added up, in addition to those actively on the main platform). However, Twitter though gives us a sense of what’s to come and what’s contained in Facebook content and conversations.

Clarifying this and on a related note, for a deeper dive (with a plethora of data visualisations) into convergences and significant divergences of Twiter and Facebook during the unprecedented constitutional crisis late-2018, click here.

All the datasets are the result of on-going doctoral work at the University of Otago. Presentation through the visualisations subject to rendering choices noted here. Aside from this, data is presented without any analysis, and the strongest caution is urged in (any) interpretation, especially by those unfamiliar with social network analysis.

Important note: All the visualisations render best, or at all, on Firefox or Chrome. I’ve not tested the site on other browsers.

This is on-going research that at this scale and anchored to Sri Lanka, as far as I know, is unique. All this takes a lot of hard work. It will also evolve. Plagiarism is clearly an enduring issue. Any use, reuse, embedding or reference, to any data on this site in part or whole, is only with prior permission. Pretty please.